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Jose Fernandez Hit Miami Party Spot 90 Minutes Before Crash

9/26/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0925-jose-fernandez-gettyJose Fernandez was at a popular Miami waterfront party spot at least 90 minutes before his fatal boat crash ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple sources have told us ... Fernandez and at least one other person who was killed in the crash was at American Social Bar & Kitchen around 2 AM on Sunday morning.

When asked for specifics about what happened inside -- including whether alcohol was served to Jose or his friends -- a rep for the restaurant would only say, "Jose Fernandez was a guest at American Social."

The restaurant, which has a dock for boaters to pull up, is located a short distance from where the crash occurred. The boat was discovered by the coast guard at 3:30 AM. Investigators believe the boat was traveling at full speed when it crashed into a jetty

Officials have said at this point it does not appear alcohol was a factor in the crash -- but it appears that statement was based on a lack of visual evidence such as liquor bottles or beer cans. Toxicology results are pending

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Jose Fernandez Autopsy Complete ... On All 3 Boat Victims

9/26/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0925-Jose-Fernandez-GETTY-02An autopsy has been conducted on Jose Fernandez and the other 2 men killed in this weekend's boating accident ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office confirms all 3 autopsies were completed on Sunday. 

Officials have previously said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the Sunday morning crash that killed the Miami Marlins pitcher ... but toxicology testing will be able to shed more light on that situation.

As for the results, we're told they will be released at the discretion of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ... and no time table has been set. 

Yasiel Puig Clubbin' In Hollywood ... After Dodgers Clinch

9/26/2016 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

#PuigLikeToParty

Hours after the Dodgers clinched the NL West in dramatic fashion, Yasiel Puig celebrated by hitting the Hollywood club scene and partying until 2 in the morning. 

TMZ Sports has footage of Puig and his party crew -- dressed in Dodgers gear -- leaving Hyde around 2:30 AM with some hot chicks.

Earlier in the day, Puig went 1-3 with an RBI in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Rockies ... a victory that was sealed by a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Puig's partied during the season in the past -- but Magic Johnson has made it clear, he doesn't care how the guys blow off steam ... as long as they win. 

Tommy Lasorda Check Out My Birthday Suit ... Dodger Jersey-Lined Blazer

9/24/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-tommy-lasorda-custom-blazer-01Tommy Lasorda turned 89 years old this week, but his love for the L.A. Dodgers is as strong as ever ... 'cause the legendary HOFer just got a custom Dodger jersey-themed blazer for his birthday.

The custom blazer was designed and handmade by David Heil, CEO of David August clothing. It took over 40 HOURS to complete ... and is made of the finest material (super 170's wool/silk and navy twill).

Heil added the numbers 27 (for Lasorda's birth year, 1927) and 67 to represent the total years he's spent with the Dodgers organization.

FYI -- David August makes custom clothes for stars like Conor McGregorMichael Strahan, and Kobe Bryant. The company wouldn't say how much Lasorda's blazer cost ... but McGregor's suits run up to $10k.

Lookin' good, Tommy!

Mariners Catcher Steve Clevenger Suspended For Season Over Racially Insensitive Tweets

9/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0923-steve-clevenger-gettySeattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been SUSPENDED for the rest of the MLB season -- without pay -- for a series of racially insensitive tweets.

The team released a statement announcing the suspension, saying, "as soon as we became aware of the tweet posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team."

The decision? Send him home for the last 10 games of the year.

In case ya missed it, Clevenger went on an offensive Twitter rant Thursday ... attacking everyone from the Black Lives Matter movement to President Obama.

Now, since he ain't playin' baseball ... Clevenger has until spring training to contemplate deactivating his Twitter account.

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Tim Tebow 1st Day At Mets Camp ... Wearing #15 Jersey

9/19/2016 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0919-tim-tebow-first-day-mets-TWITTER-01Here it is -- your first shot of Tim Tebow in a real NY Mets jersey ... sporting his old football jersey number as he made his debut at The Fall Instructional League in Florida. 

The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback arrived to the NY Mets minor league facility in Port St. Lucie -- where his MLB journey will begin. 

Tebow got a $100,000 signing bonus as part of his contract with the team. Now, it's time to see if he can actually play.

Good luck.

S.F. Giants Rookies Cross-Dressing Hazing Hit the Club Dressed as Girls

9/19/2016 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here we go again ... another MLB club hazing the rookies by making them hit an L.A. nightclub dressed as women. This time, it's the San Francisco Giants

TMZ Sports has footage of rookie pitchers Derek Law and Albert Suarez at Hyde on the Sunset Strip -- in backless dresses with wigs. 

The guys seemed to have fun doing it ... but the cross-dressing hazing has been under fire from certain LGBT orgs for a while which say the practice sends a dangerous message to kids. 

In the past, everyone from the Oakland As to the Miami Marlins have taken part in cross-dressing hazing. 

FYI, the NY Mets found a different way to haze their rookies last year -- sending them out dressed as male superheroes in full costume. 

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Goose Gossage I Still Kinda Hate Bryce Harper ... But No Lie, Kid Can Play

9/17/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Goose Gossage still really, really, really doesn't like Bryce Harper and thinks he's a "punk" ... but good news, Bryce ... Gossage doesn't hate you as much as he did back in March!

If you remember ... Goosage threw all kinds of shade on Harper a few months back ... calling him a "fool" and claiming Bryce has no respect for the game.

So, when we ran into the Yankees legend out in NYC ... we wanted to know if he's cooled on Harper ... and could maybe one day see a future with the Nats star in pinstripes.

Answer ... maybe? Gossage semi-unloads on Harper, calling him a "punk" ... but has to admit, the kid's got skills on the baseball diamond.

See ... time does heal some wounds ... kinda.

Carlos Boozer To MLB Star Learn From My Mistake ... Ditch The Hair Dye, Dude

9/11/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Carlos Boozer has a message for MLB star Carlos Beltran ... BACK AWAY FROM THE HAIR DYE ... saying Boozer's own hair horror story should be a cautionary tale for the Rangers star.

Beltran has been getting KILLED on social media for his new 'do ... which looks -- with all due respect, Carlos -- super damn weird ... like the man painted hair on a bald head.

It's not the first time we've seen it ... Carlos Boozer rocked the same style back in the day and was similarly roasted ... explaining later to Colin Cowherd it was a hairdresser's decision gone bad.

Check out the clip ... and Beltran, please, take the help.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman Real Interest In Tebow 'Can't Deny There's Potential'

9/10/2016 1:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Tebow came a lot closer to following in the footsteps of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle than we thought ... because Yankees general manager Brian Cashman tells TMZ Sports the team gave real consideration to signing the ex-NFL star.

"We certainly thought a lot about it," Cashman tells TMZ Sports ... "there’s a lot of characteristics about his reputation and character that are really attractive."

In fact, Cashman says the Yanks sent TWO scouts to Tebow's MLB workout in L.A. last month. 

Of course, Tebow ended up signing a minor league contract with the NY Mets -- and Cashman says he thinks the guy could have real value as a baseball player down the road. 

"He’s a legitimate athlete, no question about it. So you can’t deny there’s potential, something there. But it’s an uphill battle." 

Cashman makes it clear he has nothing but respect for Tebow -- but explains why the Yanks ultimately decided he wasn't the right fit for pinstripes.

Tim Tebow Had Multiple Offers Besides Mets ... Hitting Coach Says

9/9/2016 2:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Tebow had MULTIPLE offers on the table before signing a minor league contract with the NY Mets ... this according to his hitting coach and ex-MLB catcher Chad Moeller

"There was definitely other teams involved," Moeller tells TMZ Sports ... "and more than just 1 or 2."

In fact, Moeller says Tebow received real offers from ball clubs even before his MLB showcase on August 30th.

Check out the clip ... Moeller says he truly believes Tebow is the real deal -- and has more athletic ability and power than most of the players in the big leagues. 

MLB's Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assaulting Woman ... Sentenced to Jail

9/8/2016 2:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0907-hector-olivera-gettyEx-Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty of misdemeanor assault on a woman stemming from an April incident outside of a hotel in Arlington ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Olivera was arrested on April 13th outside the Ritz-Carlton after cops say he got physical with a woman early that morning. 

Olivera had pled not guilty -- but the case went to a bench trial and the judge found him guilty, this according to Arlington prosecutors. 

We're told the 31-year-old Cuban-born player was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended.

We spoke with Olivera's lawyer, Mark Schamel, who tells us he will appeal the conviction next week.

Olivera -- who was a member of the Braves at the time of the incident -- was suspended by MLB for 82 games after the league ran its own investigation and determined he did inflict harm on the woman. 

He was traded to the Padres back in July before being released altogether. He's currently a free agent. 

Tim Tebow Holy Met-rimony ... Signs Minor League Deal with Team

9/8/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0908-tim-tebow-mets-ap-03Meet the Met ... well, at least the guy who just signed a minor league deal with the team. 

The New York Mets just announced Tim Tebow has signed a minor league contract. 

So, what does that mean? 

The 29-year-old will begin in the Instructional League -- and could be sent to the Arizona Fall League. 

Tebow showed some good power during his workout for MLB teams last week -- despite the fact he hasn't played competitive baseball since high school. 

There were rumblings that the Atlanta Braves were interested -- but they didn't move quick enough. 

Good luck ... 

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